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A time of change

Whether it's the inauguration at hand, the optimism that Americans feel even in the midst of economic crisis, or any number of other things (like O's status as a guy who digs words), these are remarkable days. Imagine how MLK Jr. would feel.

A roundup of some of what's going on tomorrow:

Pat and some of his crew are in DC, blogging at RI's Future.

WJAR's Bill Rappleye will be reporting from DC for

From Brown University:

Tuesday 20 January
Special Inauguration Day Events
Brown hosts a series of campus events in connection with this year's historic Presidential Inauguration. The day begins with a live broadcast of proceedings from Washington, D.C., beginning at 10 a.m. in Sayles Hall and the Salomon Center for Teaching. Presidential historian Ted Widmer, director of the John Carter Brown Library, will make opening comments in the De Ciccio Family Auditorium just before the 11:30 a.m. swearing-in ceremonies at the Capitol. From 1:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Brown faculty will lead forums in Salomon 001 discussing the challenges and opportunities facing our country and the world at this time. From 1 to 5 p.m., the John Hay Library will offer light refreshments and an opportunity to browse the exhibition Abraham Lincoln: The Man, The Myth, The Making of a President. This schedule is subject to change. Please see link for updates and further details.

 Other stuff:

AG and early Obama supporter Patrick Lynch:

In celebration of Barack Obama being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on this Tuesday, January 20, Attorney General Patrick Lynch is hosting an inauguration watch party at PPAC (Providence Performing Arts Center). The Attorney General is asking the public to join him in watching this historic moment on PPAC's live-feed big screen television.

The event at PPAC (220 Weybosset Street in Providence) is free, non-partisan, and open to all. Doors will open at 10:30 AM and the official program will begin at 11:30 AM.

Since this is a community event, please feel free to spread the word. The Attorney General does not want anyone who wishes to be part of this historic event to be left out.

LG Elizabeth Roberts:

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts will open the doors of the State House for a viewing of the Inauguration, TUESDAY, January 20th. The viewing will be free and open to the public. This is an opportunity for Rhode Islanders to come together to view the historic swearing-in of our 44th President, Barack Obama.

What:   Free, Public Viewing of the Presidential Inauguration   

When:  Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

Ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m. 

Where: Bell Area and Rotunda, State House, Providence 

The office of the Lt. Governor is requesting persons wishing to attend to RSVP at the Lt. Governor's website: or by calling 222-2371. Space is limited


You don't need a tux or a gown—all you need to do is show up. Can you make it? Here are some of the parties near you:

Inaugural Bash in Providence at the CAV
Where: CAV restaurant, Jewlery district (in Providence)
When: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at 4:00 PM

Inaugural bash in Providence at the CAV
Where: CAV restaurant (in Providence)
When: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at 11:30 AM

Obama Inauguration Bash
Where: India Restaurant Providence (in Providence)
When: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at 11:00 AM

To see other Inaugural Bashes near you, click here:


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